Archive for Thursday, December 17, 2009

EHS Principal Sample announces retirement

December 17, 2009

Eudora High School principal Dale Sample has announced his retirement, effective at the end of this school year.

Sample came to the district from Seaman High School in Topeka in 1998. He has been in teaching for 37 years.

“It’s kind of funny,” Sample said. “I’ve been going to school since I was 6 years old.”

He said he’d been considering retirement for a while, but former Eudora Superintendent of Schools Marty Kobza talked him into working a couple more years.

“I always told myself I was going to retire at 55, and I’ll be 60 at the end of January,” Sample said.

Superintendent of Schools Don Grosdidier said Sample was instrumental in building EHS into what it is today.

“It is important to note that when Dale became principal, EHS was not that far removed from leading the state in student drop outs and was only a few tenths of a percentage point from failing to make AYP (adequate yearly progress),” Grosdidier said. “During his tenure, he led efforts to strengthen the curriculum, improve discipline and implement teacher collaboration. His leadership in these areas impacted the school’s climate in ways that made student achievement the norm.”

Sample said he would especially miss interacting with the faculty, staff and students.

The school district already has posted the job opening and Grosdidier said he would like to meet during January with separate focus groups consisting of teachers and staff; parents; and students. He’ll also speak with Eudora Board of Education members and building administrators regarding what they’d like to see in the next EHS principal.

The application process will be closed Feb. 1. An interview team then will be established and focus group teams will screen applications.

A list of four to five applicants will be created and their backgrounds will be checked.

Interviews will be conducted during the last couple of weeks in February and then a candidate will be presented for approval at the March BOE meeting.

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